Rare insight into Mali female communities

October 26, 2010 § Leave a comment

The Guardian’s journalist Madeleine Bunting is on a journey through the African country of Mali for the newspaper’s new Global Development site. In this latest post for their blog she writes a rare insight into women in that community – and why they are suffering more than men in the face of climate change.

“As the women described how the vegetable plots worked, they explained how they are dependent on their husbands to secure a plot for them. Land is controlled and distributed by the men – even tiny plots for vegetable gardens. When the women have sold their harvest in the market, they are expected to “present” their earnings to their husband, even if he has had little or nothing to do with growing their vegetables.”

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